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Tuna Blue Salad Recipe

Updated on April 5, 2013

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Blueberries are good as "hill" for you! Loaded with anthocyanin, a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory that helps prevent arteries from constricting by keeping them pliable & juiced with nitric oxide. High in fiber, and high in vitamins K & C (but not the sunshine band) and manganese, too, blueberries help create & sustain a sound immune system & heart health.

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Recipe in Rebus

chop chop those green onions
chop chop those green onions | Source
chop ends off spears, blanch and pat dry
chop ends off spears, blanch and pat dry
get your layer on...
get your layer on...
and on...
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Mise en Place

Prep time: 25 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 2-4 entree-size salads

Ingredients

  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, rinsed & dried
  • 1 head romaine hearts, rinsed & dried
  • 1 bunch green scallions, diced
  • 8 oz blueberries, if organic, good to go
  • 2-4 oz raw pine nuts
  • 8 oz Gorgonzola, crumbled
  • 1 big can albacore tuna, in H₂O, drained. Albacore, not plain tuna, is essential to the finished taste.
  • 1 bunch asparagus, blanched, chilled & chopped
  • 1-2 red bell pepper(s), julienne cut
  • TIP: You can sub fresh tuna steaks to good effect, but this increases cost & prep time. If you have the time & cash, though---go for it!

How to do it:

  1. Chop lettuces into bite size pieces & toss together.
  2. Dice green onions & separate white dice from green. I usually only use the green parts, but a little of the white can be nice, too!
  3. Remove tough stems from asparagus with knife or by snapping off ends. The latter method is probably better, but hard to photograph one-handed! Blanch, dry & set aside.
  4. The trick to this salad is assembly! (and that's all) You want to put the lighter, rounder things--like blueberries & diced green onions--on the bottom, and the heavier items like tuna, Gorgonzola crumbles, asparagus spears, etc.--on top! Easy-peasy. Just refer to the handy Rebus in the side-bar if in doubt! ;)
  5. Your base is a mix of red-leaf lettuce & romaine base, diced green onions & blueberries.
  6. Topped with julienned red bell & chopped asparagus spears.
  7. Finished with tuna, Gorgonzola crumbles & pine nuts. Poppy Seed is a great dressing choice with this, and maybe a slice of...Garlic, Cheesy Toast!

Grab a fork!

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      Vespawoolf ,this salad came about organically one day--just added some odds and ends--and was so amazed at how the berries made the salad pop! Something about a sweet in the midst of savory...I am sure golden berries will do nicely, and wish we had some of those over here! :)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Oh my goodness, I can't resist both delicious and healthy meals. We don't have blueberries in this part of Peru, but I will substitute golden berries which are very nice in a salad. I can't wait to try this! Thanks!

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      You're right :). I thought there were actually some health benefits to chocolate though? I think I might have read something about that. But, regardless, chocolate is good anyway.

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      Thank you, Ceres. Yep, I think just one nugget's enough--what are we, going to school?--since the rest of the stuff we all pretty much KNOW is good for us. (except if you add chocolate, of course ;)

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      Another great and tasty-looking recipe with lots of good images and easy-to-follow instructions. Great hub. :) And I like how you have some nutritional info at the top before you start with the recipe.

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      ahhh. Almost always stylishly late around 9. Veddy European...:) This salas is yummy , Victor, and easy and quick and fairly inexpensive. All the bells & whistles!

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      You're excited? I'm excited!!! I hope you adore it!! I threw it together last summer for the first time, and just heart it to pieces. And yes do, get as fast and loose as you want with the ingredients. I sometimes add avocado, too.

      Living on the edge or what! ;)

      Don't skip the Gorgonzola crumbles, if you can. The cheese's creamy strong bite gratifies the umami taste sense , and just pulls all that blueberry into contrasting play. Trader Joe's always sells it at a very reasonable price, and they have a great texture, too. They sell it by the wedge...prolly crumbles, too, but I buy the wedge an' make my own!

      You're in your Salad Days, now, Kathryn! Whoop! Whoop! K

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      Victor Claude 4 years ago from America

      This sounds yummy~!!~

      When's dinner?

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I bought blueberries and pine nuts today, and we got nearly a dozen cans of tuna. I don't have all of the ingredients for this recipe, so I will have to alter it a little... although if it is nice out tomorrow, maybe I'll pop into the local grocery store real quick... Next time I will make sure I have all of the ingredients. I'm going to make it tomorrow, and I am excited!

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      Hi Kathryn,

      It is a winner-winner taste combo. I use the pine nuts (rather than a nut-nut) because the family I cook for has nut allergies, and I have found it's a great way to bring that crunch & fatty appeal of a nut without tipping the scales.

      Thank you for saying! It really made my day!! (albacore rules!!) :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks fantastic! It is different than any recipe I have seen, and I look forward to trying it. I am curious at how the tastes of tuna, pine nuts and blueberries mix.

      I buy Albacore tuna all of the time. My boyfriend won't even buy the cheap cans of tuna.

      Thank you for sharing this recipe.